Have you ever heard of crown molding? Crown molding is the finish between the wall and the ceiling used to transform the environment with lighting, being made of plaster or Styrofoam.
Ceiling crown molding is a decorative ceiling installation using gypsum or Styrofoam boards and light points are placed on it to illuminate the room. It is between 5-10 centimetres high and can be positioned in different places in a room, as long as it is 2.5m above the ground which makes the ceiling of a room visually taller.
The crown molding can be closed, open, inverted or double! Follow the reading to understand a little better about each one because it is very important that it is used strategically so that your comfort is not impaired.
The distribution of ambient light is essential to transform the environment into an intimate one, transmitting a cozy feeling with the help of the molding that can be used in every room in the house – from the living room or dining room, through the bedrooms and closet to in the kitchen and in the bathrooms.
With this in mind, find out the details of each one below-
1. Closed Molding
The closed crown molding is installed on the ceiling with gypsum or Styrofoam boards that range 5-10 cm in height. It is a rectangular-shaped finish fixed to the ceiling and wall where lamps are placed.
Generally, spots with direct light are distributed in this ceiling crown molding, creating points of directed lighting, that’s why the installation location is defined with the help of an interior designer or architect.
The tip is to use spots in closed molding to draw attention, especially on walls with drywall or wood finishes, also to enhance decorative details such as paintings, ornaments and other decorative objects.
However, avoid placing too many spots in one place; use with caution, as the excess of light spots, does not enhance the environment and only overloads the vision. Anyway, avoid placing molding with spots on top of sofas or at the head of the bed, as the spotlight sensation is uncomfortable.
2. Open Molding
Plasterboard or Styrofoam is used that is 5-10 cm away from the ceiling creating an opening. It is as if it were suspended in the middle, creating on the sides the opening for the installation of indirect lighting with led crown molding strips or tubular lamps.
Using this lighting model transforms the entire appearance of the room, showing how welcoming the environment is. It is often used in resting places such as the living room and also to bring luxury, as in the case of cellars.
Take the opportunity to install the open molding and transform the entire look of your home. Don’t limit yourself to using just one molding model or putting it in just one place, make the project put your personality in every detail.
3. Inverted Crown Molding
To have the effect of the inverted molding, it is necessary to install plasterboard or Styrofoam that covers the entire ceiling, but that does not touch the wall – being more or less 15 cm apart. It is also a few centimeters away from the ceiling and this space is where the lights are placed, just like the open molding.
The use of this type of crown molding provides the environment with indirect lighting through tubular lamps and LED strips that reflect the ceiling or the wall, giving an atmosphere of well-being and causing a feeling of proximity.
Tip: as it lowers the ceiling, but doesn’t touch the wall; it is possible to hide the curtain rods – so – it is as if the fabrics came up through the ceiling and down the wall gracefully.
Modern projects use this molding in several places in the house so that residents feel coziness inside the house, being the main uses in closets, movie or TV feature wall, bedrooms and bathrooms.
For those of you who love well-lit environments like us, take advantage of 3 decorating tips with LED strips and transform every room in your home with this detail full of personality.
4. Double Crown Molding
Double crown molding is the combination of two models that benefit and value each other. For example: in the living room you use closed molding to light a wall of paintings and in the middle of the ceiling you make an open molding to bring in light indirectly.
This combination of lighting is pleasant because the entire environment is benefited by lights, showing all the sophistication of the composition and all the local decoration.
So, combine two types of crown molding and invest in other light points with lampshades, sconces and pendants, for example.
Plaster molding or Styrofoam molding – which to use?
Types of Molding
Now that you know all the functionality of the cove and its various models, it’s time to get to know the materials used as finishing.
Both materials provide an elegant and refined finish to the lighting, so much so that the appearance is identical – the difference between the materials is in weight, price and other details, check out:
Advantages and Disadvantages
As the appearance of the two materials is the same, other details are essential for the purchase decision, such as the weight. For installation and transport, Styrofoam is most recommended, as its application is more practical.
Another point that is worth mentioning is that it has low water absorption and does not deteriorate with humidity, dispensing with the use of varnishes and waterproofing agents, as it is resistant to fungi and bacteria, making it ideal for bathrooms.
In addition, Styrofoam has little difference in price compared to plaster, being considered today a great alternative for those who want to modernize the project using good, versatile and highly durable products.
The detail that cannot be overlooked is precisely the weight. As Styrofoam is a light material, therefore the lamps that are installed together with it need to be in the same lightness standard, which is a great option when combined with crown molding led lighting.
On the other hand, plaster molding is essential when heavier lamps and rails with spots and ceilings are needed, as it has greater support capacity than Styrofoam. Analyze your project and see which option is the most suitable to install safely in your home!
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